Electron Microscopy Unit - Access

Access to the Electron Microscopy Unit can be done in two different regimes: with technical support and as autouser.

Access with technical support

Users requiring assistance for their electron microscopy experiments or for sample preparation should contact the relevant member of the Electron Microscopy Unit to schedule a session.

  • SEM: Marcos Rosado (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • TEM: Belén Ballesteros (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Sample preparation: Francisco Belarre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

In the case of sample preparation, the users will need to fill in a Sample Delivery Form: Formulario de Entrega de Muestra / Sample Delivery Form

Internal users accessing the facilities for the first time need to send an authorization from the corresponding group leader
External users will receive a quotation which will need to be accepted before the experiments can take place.

Access as autouser

This access is limited to internal users who have fulfilled the corresponding training (see TRAINING and BOOKING). Only users that need to use the equipment in a regular basis will be trained in the equipment at the Electron Microscopy Unit.

Booking for microscopes is done via the IMS online booking system available in the ICN2 intranet.

Autousers will always need to comply with the Electron Microscopy Unit General Rules. If there is any misuse of the facilities and/or equipment, the user's rights to access the Electron Microscopy Unit will be restricted or even revoked.

The usual hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 to 18h. During these hours the EMU support staff will provide assistance if required.

When using the equipment in the evening or at weekends you are governed by the ICN2 “out of hours” working policy: users shall never work alone, a specific buddy arrangement must be made.

The facilities should not be used from 22h to 8h for security reasons. Only in very exceptional cases this will be accepted, but should be agreed beforehand with the Electron Microscopy Unit staff.

NFFA - Nanoscience Foundries Fine Analysys

Free of charge access to the Electron Microscopy Unit facilities can also be done via NFFA.Europe (www.nffa.eu). NFFA-EUROPE provides free access to state-of-the-art tools for multidisciplinary, frontier research at the nanoscale: available techniques range from nanocharacterization to theory and numerical simulation.

NFFA Europe welcomes both industry and academia researching at the nanoscale: access is coordinated through a single entry point at the NFFA. EU portal, through which users will dialogue with a team of experts in the fields of their interest, building a personalized access programme. Sites are available free of charge, and NFFA Europe also covers the travel and subsistence costs for users while accessing the identified installations.